IRS redux? Feds snub top-performing ‘Freedom’ credit union, but bend the rules for Big Labor

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Federal regulators need to explain why they’ve granted a perpetually-floundering California credit union that serves organized labor permission to raise money from investors—especially considering those regulators haven’t given the same green light to a strong and growing credit union that serves rural Idahoans. Credit unions are member-owned nonprofits and generally can use only retained earnings for expansion plans. If a …

Ada County prosecutor, ISP more interested in saving face than pursuing justice

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Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennetts and the Idaho State Police, collectively referred hereinafter as the Ministry of Vice and Virtue, continue to defend the arrest and prosecution of truck drivers who were innocently transporting non-narcotic hemp through the state. Bennetts and the ISP keep up the persecution despite an onslaught of criticism, public outcry, and a rare appeal by the …

Task forces have not fixed education and it’s obvious why

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Allow me to get prophetic. Within weeks or months, the latest state education task force will conclude: Only more taxpayer money will fix Idaho’s schools. Much more money. We’ve seen this movie many times before, with other governors, Republican and Democrat, and the ending is always the same. Lawmakers throw money around. They start ambitious new programs. Schools continue to …

State board looks at remedial collegiate courses, but solution ignores the problem

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For years state officials have struggled to make a dent in the alarmingly high percentage of high school graduates who need remedial help in college. Finally, officials say they’re ready to try something new to lower the number of college freshmen who are unprepared for post-secondary courses. But the state, sadly, is overlooking the real problem: Our existing K-12 school …

School lessons, textbooks should be scrutinized for leftist teachings

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From time to time, accusations of indoctrination are leveled at the government-run education system, and we’re reminded to review the textbooks, lesson plans, student essays, or artwork to get a clearer picture of what kids are learning. Last month, anti-Trump ceiling tiles painted by students at Wood River High School fired up debate on social media about whether schools are …

Another exclusive pension perk gone, one to go

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A great outcome of the 2019 legislative session was the demise of a pension perk that exclusively benefited state legislators. That perk allowed our part-time senators and representatives to accept full-time positions in the bureaucracy, which made them eligible for a significant spike in their monthly retirement benefits. What once would have been a few-hundred-dollars-a-month retirement benefit could easily climb …